Dallas Cowboys vs New Orleans Saints Prediction, 12/2/2021 NFL Picks, Best Bets and Tips Week 13
Game: Dallas Cowboys vs New Orleans Saints
Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021
Location: Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Saints (+5.5)
The Dallas Cowboys (7-4) are en route to Caesars Superdome on Thursday where they will try to beat the New Orleans Saints (5-6). Dallas opens this game as 5.5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total is set at 47.5.
The Dallas Cowboys come into this game with a record of 7-4 for this year. In their last game, the Cowboys played the Raiders and ended up losing by a score of 36-33. Dak Prescott connected on 32/47 with 375 yards through the air and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 106.2 and ended the contest without throwing an interception. Tony Pollard was the rushing leader for the Cowboys with 10 carries for 36 yards (3.6 yards per carry). Michael Gallup had an average of 21.2 yds per catch by notching 106 yds on 5 catches. The Dallas Cowboys ended up rushing 20 times and compiled 64 yards, which earned them an average of 3.2 yards per attempt. In all, they tallied 68 plays which converted into 437 yards. Dallas conceded 24 pass completions on 39 tries for a total of 366 yards, and a completion rate of 61.5%. Against the run, the Cowboys conceded 143 yards on 35 attempts, which averages out to 4.1 yds per run allowed.
The Cowboys have racked up 4,618 yards in total for the year. Dallas has recorded 165 1st downs, and they have committed 91 penalties for 816 yds. In terms of getting in the endzone, Dallas has totaled 24 touchdowns via the pass and 10 touchdowns via the ground. They have turned the ball over 15 different times (8 picks and 7 fumbles lost). As a unit they're averaging 127.5 yards rushing which has them sitting 7th in the NFL. When talking about putting the ball in the endzone, the Dallas Cowboys are averaging 29.6 PPG.
The Cowboys sit in 13th in the league in terms of their opponents scoring, conceding 22.7 PPG. They are giving up an average of 4.4 yards per run and 107.3 rushing yards per game over the course of this year. In total, they have allowed 1,180 running yards through 11 outings. Regarding yards via the pass, the Cowboys have surrendered 2,885 yards which puts them in 25th in the league. They are allowing 262.3 yards per game via the pass in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 62.9%. During this campaign, they have allowed 369.5 yards per game ranking them 26th in the National Football League. They have yielded 15 touchdowns through the air as well as 11 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Saints head into this matchup 5-6 for this season. When they last stepped on the field, the Saints took a defeat with a final score of 31-6 when they faced the Bills. Tony Jones carried the ball 16 times for 27 yards, walking away from the game with 1.7 yards per attempt for New Orleans. Lil'Jordan Humphrey was one of the featured targets for the Saints, snagging 3 passes for 47 yds (15.7 yards per catch). Trevor Siemian (1 TD) ended the contest with 163 yards on 17/29 passing while his quarterback rate was 71.5. He had 1 interception and his average yards per pass attempt was 5.62 yards. New Orleans allowed 32 attempts on the ground for 113 yds (3.5 yards per rush). The Saints passing defense conceded a completion rate of 82.1%, relinquishing 248 yds on 23 for 28 passing. The Saints finished with a total of 190 yards while they ran 57 plays (3.3 yards per play). New Orleans rushed for 1.8 yards per carry, finishing with a total of 44 yds on 25 attempts.
The New Orleans Saints maintain an average of 309.4 yards per contest which has them sitting 27th in football. They maintain an average of 111.2 yards per game on the ground and have run for 1,223 yards for this year. The New Orleans offense has accrued 534 penalty yards on 65 violations, which ranks 21st in the NFL in terms of giving up free yards. They have tossed 7 interceptions while allowing opponents to recover 5 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 118 1st downs. During the season thus far, the Saints have compiled 2,180 yards via the pass together with an average of 198.2 throwing yards per contest, which ranks 27th in the league. Concerning their ability to score points, the Saints are ranking 18th out of all teams in the NFL averaging 23.4 points per contest.
New Orleans has surrendered a total of 1,011 yards rushing (91.9 yards per outing) and 9 touchdowns by ground for the season. They have given up 17 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 251.8 yards per outing, which has them ranked 23rd in the league. They have 16 turnovers (3 fumbles recovered and 13 interceptions) on the year. This season, they have relinquished 249 points in total. The Saints defense has been on the field for 698 plays, which is 14th in the NFL. The Saints are conceding 22.6 PPG, which has them in 12th in football.
Who will win tonight's Cowboys/Saints NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cowboys -5.5
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